Da Silva Vineyards and Winery Merlot, Okanagan Valley, BC
Readers rated this wine:
Classic, supple, earthy.
The da Silva estate is located on the Naramata Bench and is owned by Richard and Twylla da Silva. Da Silva's story begins in 1955 when the family moved from Portugal to the Okanagan Valley--in 1959 they purchased an orchard. Almost 50 years later, in 2006, the family built a winery and today they draw fruit from 11 different vineyards/growers located in: Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos and Penticton.
The winery is also home to The Kitchen at da Silva, where a fusion of Mexican~Portuguese tapas is the theme.
Made from grapes grown on two Penticton sites: the estate Blenheim Hill Vineyard (clay, silt, loam) and the Lazy Dog Vineyard (clay, loam, shale) and aged in equal parts American and French oak (medium+ toast) for 36 months.
The nose is earthy; wild herbs and tealeaf, brown spices, black olive and coffee are supported by forest berry aromas. The entry is supple and remains smooth across the palate. Tangy red fruits are underscored by flavours of herbs, espresso, cigar and spice. The tannins are polished.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - January 27th, 2023